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Nic Ladds 18th Feb 2010 - 22:52

Whyte & Mackay Premier League Darts - Night Two Round-Up

The PDC's media officer, Dave Allen, rounds up the action from week two of the Darts Premier League (Image courtesy of Lawrence Lustic/PDC)


PHIL TAYLOR roared back from 4-0 down to defeat Ronnie Baxter 8-6 in the Whyte & Mackay Premier League Darts at the BIC in Bournemouth.

Taylor had defied a virus to defeat Simon Whitlock in the event's opening week, but looked a shadow of his best when a slow start allowed Baxter to superbly win the opening four legs.

But Taylor, inspired by an 11-dart finish, took seven successive legs to assume the advantage and eventually sealed victory in a deciding leg.

"I couldn't get going at the beginning and Ronnie played really well," said Taylor. "After I got a leg and then another against the darts I put a little bit of pressure on him.

"I've been practising well but didn't play very well but my form's picking up and my doubles are going in, which is important."

Taylor will face reigning champion James Wade in Belfast next week, with the left-hander under severe pressure after slumping to a second successive defeat with an 8-4 loss to Mervyn King.

Wade missed 17 of 21 attempts at a double during another below-par display, as King capitalised to claim his second victory of the new season.

"James missed a lot of doubles and it was unlike him," said King. "That wasn't the real James Wade and he let me in leg after leg after leg, but I took my chances and am grateful I got them."

Adrian Lewis produced the most impressive display of the evening at The BIC in Bournemouth, powering to an 8-3 win over Raymond van Barneveld.

Lewis won the game's opening six legs without reply at an average of 111, which included finishes of 121 and 102, and held off a brief revival from the Dutchman to seal victory.

"I know I can beat everyone on my day but it's about having my mind right and I was ready for this game," said Lewis. "I can't get carried away though, this is only one game out of 14 and I've got to do this every week - but I think I'm capable of doing that."

The night's other game saw Terry Jenkins battle from 7-5 down to claim a draw for the second successive week, as Australian Simon Whitlock failed to convert leads of 3-0 and 5-2 into a victory.

 

2010 Whyte & Mackay Premier League Darts

Week Two - The BIC, Bournemouth

Adrian Lewis 8-3 Raymond van Barneveld

Terry Jenkins 7-7 Simon Whitlock

Phil Taylor 8-6 Ronnie Baxter

Mervyn King 8-4 James Wade

 

ADRIAN LEWIS 8-3 RAYMOND VAN BARNEVELD

ADRIAN LEWIS blew away Raymond van Barneveld with one of his best-ever televised displays with an 8-3 rout in the Whyte & Mackay Premier League Darts.

The 25-year-old from Stoke roared into a 6-0 lead against the Dutchman in Bournemouth, averaging an incredible 111 and taking out finishes of 121 and 102 in the process, before sealing his first win of the season.

Lewis embellished his reputation as a stunning starter by storming out of the blocks, hitting double 18 to win the first leg before trading 180s with the Dutchman in a 14-darter to break throw and move 2-0 up.

He then took out two successive bullseye finishes, of 81 and 121 for 12-darters, to take a 4-0 cushion and then landed a 102 checkout despite a 180 from van Barneveld to pull five legs clear.

Scores of 180 and 140 saw him take the advantage in leg six, and he finished 78 in two darts to enter the break 6-0 up with an incredible 111 average.

He should have extended that to 7-0 after the resumption, but missed four darts at a double before van Barneveld posted double 18 with his first dart at a double in the match.

He also took out 90 in the next to win a second leg, before missing double 12 to steal the next leg, before Lewis returned to the oche to post double 13 to move to the brink of victory.

A 116 checkout kept van Barneveld in the game, but Lewis wrapped up the win in leg 11 on double 16 to complete a remarkable triumph.

"I know I can beat everyone on my day but it's about having my mind right and I was ready for this game," said Lewis. "I was disappointed to lose to Mervyn King last week, but I was too inconsistent and put it right on the practice board.

"My average could have been 110 in the end but I let him in a couple of times and Raymond kept battling.

"I can't get carried away though, this is only one game out of 14 and I've got to do this every week - but I think I'm capable of doing that."

 

TERRY JENKINS 7-7 SIMON WHITLOCK

TERRY JENKINS battled back to snatch a draw in the Whyte & Mackay Premier League Darts for the second successive week to deny Simon Whitlock his maiden victory.

Whitlock, who was defeated by Phil Taylor last week at The O2 in London, made a fine start to just his second Premier League game when he took leads of 3-0 and 5-2.

He also ensured a minimum of a point at 7-5, but battling Jenkins denied him the win by taking out 104 in the decider, matching his display against Ronnie Baxter in week one.

"I'll never give up and I'll always keep battling but in both weeks my start has cost me," said Jenkins. "Simon wasn't missing a lot but I hung in and got the point in the end.

"He played brilliantly and it was a great game."

Whitlock made a sensational start to the game by hitting a 180 with his first three darts, and broke Jenkins' throw to win the opening leg before doubling his lead in the second.

Jenkins wasted three chances to get off the mark in the third, with Whitlock posting a 101 checkout to move 3-0 up.

Jenkins broke back to earn his first leg of the game in the fourth, and also won leg five to reduce the gap to one leg - only to miss one dart at double top to level going into the break.

Whitlock punished him on double eight, and landed a 180 and an 86 checkout in moving 5-2 up.

Jenkins posted a maximum and a 96 finish to win leg eight, and battled back to take the ninth on tops after Whitlock - who had hit two 180s in the leg) missed two darts for the leg.

Whitlock took two of the next three to ensure a minimum of a point at 7-5 up, but Jenkins denied him the chance to take victory with two superb final legs.

The 2007 runner-up hit a superb 11-darter to take the 13th leg, and stepped in after Whitlock missed double 16 for a 102 game shot to land a 104 checkout on double top and grab the draw.

"I'm happy to get a point but there were two points there for the taking," said Whitlock. "I never thought I had it in the bag, but I had a good chance - I just had the one dart to win it but that was on the wire.

"Terry was great though. He came back like a champion and put a lot of pressure on me."

He added: "Last week was a nightmare but I can build on this. With the experience on stage and playing regularly I'll get better and better."

 

PHIL TAYLOR 8-6 RONNIE BAXTER

PHIL TAYLOR roared back from 4-0 down to defeat Ronnie Baxter 8-6 in the Whyte & Mackay Premier League Darts at the BIC in Bournemouth.

Taylor had defied a virus to defeat Simon Whitlock in the event's opening week, but looked a shadow of his best when a slow start allowed Baxter to superbly win the opening four legs.

But Taylor, inspired by an 11-dart finish, took seven successive legs to assume the advantage and eventually sealed victory in a deciding leg.

Baxter punished a missed double top from Taylor to break throw in the opening leg, and traded 180s with the world number one before taking out double top for the second.

The Blackpool thrower hit a second 180 in a 14-darter to break Taylor's throw for a second time, and double 16 then put him 4-0 up.

Taylor responded in typical fashion, posting two 180s in an 11-darter to get off the mark, a leg which sparked the four-time Premier League champion to life.

A brace of double top finishes either side of the break saw Taylor reduce the gap to one leg, before he hit a 180 and then took out 84 for an 11-darter to square the contest.

Double 16 put Taylor ahead for the first time at 5-4, and he punished a missed double top from Baxter to take out double 19 and move clear.

Baxter paid for a miss at double 14, for a 121 finish, in leg 11 as Taylor hit a 174 to leave 32, which he checked out at the first time of asking to go 7-4 up.

Baxter checked out 96 on double 18 to win a fifth leg and stop Taylor's run, and stepped in after a missed match dart to take out the same score in leg 13 - this time hitting a showpiece single 20, double 18 and double top.

However, Baxter's scoring let him down in the decider, and Taylor was afforded another miss at double 12 for the game before returning to hit the same bed and remain unbeaten.

"I couldn't get going at the beginning and Ronnie played really well," said Taylor. "After I got a leg and then another against the darts I put a little bit of pressure on him.

"I've been practising well but didn't play very well but my form's picking up and my doubles are going in, which is important."

Baxter admitted: "I fell asleep half-way through the game and gave Phil the space to get back into it.

"It's frustrating because I did it against Terry Jenkins in the first week, when I went 7-5 up and couldn't put a treble in, and it was the same in the last leg.

"I know my game's there but it's just about getting consistency into my game too."

 

MERVYN KING 8-4 JAMES WADE

MERVYN KING maintained his winning start to the 2010 Whyte & Mackay Premier League Darts with an 8-4 defeat of James Wade in Bournemouth.

King avenged his loss to the left-hander in last year's Premier League Darts final at the Wembley Arena with a clinical display, taking out eight from 13 attempts at a double in the contest.

Wade landed a 180 in winning the first leg and took out 76 for a 2-0 cushion, but missed doubles in the third allowed King in and set the pattern for the remainder of the contest.

King took out 101 to win the fourth leg and level, before stepping in after further misses from Wade to in the next three legs to lead 5-2.

A sparking 11-dart finish saw King assume a 6-2 cushion, but Wade hit scores of 180 and 171 in a 14-darter to claim his third leg of the game.

King ensured a minimum of a draw with a 120 'Shanghai' finish, and though Wade won the 11th leg the Norfolk man was swift in wrapping up victory on double 16.

"James missed a lot of doubles and it was unlike him," said King. "That wasn't the real James Wade and he let me in leg after leg after leg, but I took my chances and am grateful I got them."If James had hit his doubles I'd have been history because I wasn't scoring as well as I can, but I'll take any wins I can get and hopefully I can carry that on in Belfast next week."

 

 
 
 

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